Characterizing brain states using an electrical brain activity sensing headband


We are working with a private company to develop brain activity sensing applications. This study will evaluate a simple task related to focused attention with up to 20 participants wearing the Muse sensing headband and another electrical brain activity sensing system.


Tom Chau, PhD, PEng

Participate in this study

Do you want to help develop a system that could be used to improve focus, concentration and stress management? Consider participating in a research study about the characterization of brain states.

Who can participate

We are looking for able-bodied individuals who are between 18 and 40 years of age, have no motor disorder, have normal or corrected-to-normal audition, can read and write in English, do not practice meditation on a regular basis and have no health issues including alcoholism, psychotic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, or any condition that may require them to regularly take medications that may cause drowsiness or affect their brain signals.

What's Involved

Study participants will attend three research sessions during which they will be asked to perform a simple focusing task (e.g., counting their breathing cycles...) and, when they hear a chime, to press a button if they were mind wandering or do nothing if they were focused on their task. During those sessions, we will record their brain activity using sensors placed on their heads, as well as their heart rate and respiration rate using a sensor secured on one of their fingers and a respiration belt placed around their chests. Participants will also be asked to fill a short questionnaire at the beginning of each session and after each task.


This study is no longer recruiting.

Interested in participating

If you have any questions, please contact Fanny Hotzé at or 416-425-6220 x6459.

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